Bengals start fast, cruise to 23-10 victory

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The Bengals dominated early and simply did enough to hold on late, sending the hapless Browns to another loss Sunday.

The final was 23-10 after the Bengals led 20-0 at halftime. Andy Dalton threw two touchdown passes to Tyler Eifert, and Jeremy Hill ran for 111 yards and a touchdown.

The Bengals won for a second consecutive week to improve to 5-7-1 and keep their faint playoff hopes alive. The Browns fall to 0-13.

The return of quarterback Robert Griffin III didn’t change much for the Browns. Griffin finished with 104 passing yards and was sacked three times. After throwing an interception into triple coverage on a flea-flicker in the second quarter, he had a quarterback rating of 0.0. He finished with a quarterback rating of 38.4

The Browns had 72 yards and three first downs in the first half, when Griffin was 2-of-10 for 20 yards.

Griffin was better in the second half, as was the Browns’ running game. Isaiah Crowell ran for 87 of his 113 yards in the third quarter as the Browns showed signs of life. Griffin scored on a keeper for the Browns’ only touchdown.

They never got close enough to make the Bengals uncomfortable, and the Bengals were content to run Hill straight ahead in the fourth quarter and run out the clock.

Dalton was 20-of-28 passing for 180 yards. Eifert caught five passes for 48 yards. The Bengals host the Steelers next week with a chance to make things interesting in the AFC North.